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Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:41 AM

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:19 AM

* Raptor creating a traditional popular Belgian Bar *

The interior of a traditional popular Belgian Bar is mostly decorated in a "less is more" fashion, with a "design" that is simple but effective. In the Dutch/Flemish speaking North part of Belgium we call them "cafés" or "volkscafés".
The person behind the counter of the bar serving the visitors is mostly a woman, called "cafébazin", which has about the same meaning as barmistress. The people drinking a the other side of the counter are mostly men. The good "cafébazin" is good at talking to the guests, but is mainly a good listener, and doesn't drink (much) alcohol herself.
Belgians mainly drink white beer in a glass that we call a "pint" (which is much smaller than the UK word pint). And the male visitors usually make much noice and like to tell strong stories and/or dirty jokes. And they normally try to impress every female being that enters the room.

A very traditional Belgian café doesn't serve (much) food. But in most cases they serve some snacks as the typical package of crisps (we call them chips), the dry sausage or our famous chocolate bars. Very typical is the warmed up "croque monsieurs" (cheese and light bacon between two slices of bread).

The tables are mostly made out of wood and are mainly used for playing card games (manillen, 21...). And many cafés are a meeting place for the local pingeon fanciers. And many cafés house serveral other popular games as darts, or more local games as throwing dices into the mouth of an iron frog, bolletrog (an old predecessor of bowling...) and so on.

Maybe this is not so "flashy" for us modern scifi-lovers, but nevertheless, welcome to the Belgian Beer and Chocolate bar...

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 12:12 PM

Very nice Raptor, I could be quite comfortable in such an establishment.

I'll have a Beer and one of those Croque Monsieurs, sounds like a good snack.:thumbsup:







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Posted 15 June 2010 - 12:42 PM

Nice place, raptor. Simple but pleasant. I approve.

And the male visitors usually make much noice and like to tell strong stories and/or dirty jokes. And they normally try to impress every female being that enters the room.


:lol: I guess no matter where you go, people are the same. :P

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 12:51 PM

*pops in & snatches a chocolare bar*

Nice bar :)

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 01:52 PM

Chocolate sounds good. So does a beer, but I don't think they go well together... I've even drunk chocolate beer once, weird stuff. Possibly Belgian?


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 01:53 PM

Chocolate!!! *grabs a bar* I will come back later for a pint of white beer and a croque monsieur (sounds perfect for this evening's meal)

There's bowling here? *'male roosters' head to one side* This seems a little different from the bowling I've done, someone will have to teach me how to play here.....later.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 03:37 PM

*tumbles over as she materializes with Pink2 and Ivan as her escort, trekkin' stands up and brushes herself off.*

Man, who let Bender tune up the transdimensional thingy?

*adjusts herself*

Hmmm? Men...me likie!

Ivan darling, fetch my luggage and bring it to my room.

*trekkin' strides to the bar and orders a beer."
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:05 PM

MMmmmmmmmmmmm chocolate. :drool:
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:38 PM

CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM - I approve whole heartedly.

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The 17th Annual Boot Camp is officially over. I am both sunburned and tanned and exhausted. It was worth every minute, though. I won't bore you with the details.

HOWEVER, my tiel is very very very sick. Not eating again. Over $400 in vet bills and nothing's getting better. I'm looking into holistic meds - cuz what do I have to lose? If I leave him the way he is now, he'll die. If I try and he dies, at least I tried. Can't bring myself to pay another $200 to the vet. I'm sick of going to the vet. I'm sick of Sammy being sick. The vet hasn't helped at all. I'm sick of the vet.

May I please have some fruit juice? And chocolate. I need chocolate right now. My food appetite has gone from hungry to not hungry at all. *finds a corner and cries*
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:47 PM

HOWEVER, my tiel is very very very sick. Not eating again. Over $400 in vet bills and nothing's getting better. I'm looking into holistic meds - cuz what do I have to lose? If I leave him the way he is now, he'll die. If I try and he dies, at least I tried. Can't bring myself to pay another $200 to the vet. I'm sick of going to the vet. I'm sick of Sammy being sick. The vet hasn't helped at all. I'm sick of the vet.

May I please have some fruit juice? And chocolate. I need chocolate right now. My food appetite has gone from hungry to not hungry at all. *finds a corner and cries*


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 06:44 PM

Ooo, new bar!

Raptor, you certainly know how to look after the ladies! Chocolate!!!

I can still get a Hot Tucker though, can't I?

*crossing fingers for Sammy*

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:06 PM

I can still get a Hot Tucker though, can't I?


Posted Image I think we can. How bout a Hot Tucker with chocolate and whipped cream? Reminds me of something I PM'd you earlier, Pauline. Posted Image


Oh yeah, so I woke up around 2 this morning and didn't fall back asleep until 4-something. Then I have this really creepy dream within a dream. In the dream's dream, I hear someone come into the bedroom so I'm pretending to be asleep - because we all know that as long as you pretend to be asleep you are safe from being murdered Posted Image - anyway, I'm pretending to be asleep. But I hear a noise that sounds like my baby boy kitty got stepped on so I get tricked into opening my eyes and BAM the person is right there and now sees I'm awake. Posted Image It turns out it's my no-longer-living grandmother. She crouches down beside the bed and I now have a present in my hand that I guess she somehow put there. So as she is talking, I'm looking at her but holding it against myself while trying to unwrap the present, doing both with my left hand. She tells me my mother died. . ."six minutes ago" Posted Image . . . and then starts saying a bunch of stuff that doesn't make any sense but sounds rather dramatic and Cable Ace Award worthy. Now I wake up from the dream's dream and get out of bed, trying to see the clock. I can't find it because there is another present in a shirt box that is half unwrapped, blocking it. Then I wake up for real, look at the clock and see it's 5:06. You know, I had to check it in case it was true, then I would know what time she died. Posted Image Anyway, not sure what the presents were about, I didn't get the one open but I felt it and it was one of those hinged necklace or bracelet boxes. The other box had a Christmas tree on it. Then my mom called me twice this morning so I figured she was alive. Posted Image

Oh crap, I have to go make dinner now.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:14 PM

Wow, Allee... interesting dream(s). I actually love it when I have dreams that strange. Makes it worth the time, moreso that those phlox dreams about work :P

That croque monsieur thing sounds good, except I'll have mine with tofu instead of bacon ;)

..and a UK sized pint of a beer so dark it qualifies as a solid meal. Can't do that stuff you can actually see through.

@Barb: I wish I had some advice, maybe that holistic thing will work better than mainstream meds. I hope so anyway. Poor lil guy :(
*sends warm healing type vibes to Sammy*

I get to go to the DMV tomorrow for round 2 of the license renewal crap. On the bright side, it will involve a trip to my favorite Italian joint for some seriously good eggplant. And chocolate cannoli :D
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:26 PM

Posted Image I think we can. How bout a Hot Tucker with chocolate and whipped cream? Reminds me of something I PM'd you earlier, Pauline. Posted Image


*still fanning self*


Oh yeah, so I woke up around 2 this morning and didn't fall back asleep until 4-something. Then I have this really creepy dream within a dream. In the dream's dream, I hear someone come into the bedroom so I'm pretending to be asleep - because we all know that as long as you pretend to be asleep you are safe from being murdered Posted Image - anyway, I'm pretending to be asleep. But I hear a noise that sounds like my baby boy kitty got stepped on so I get tricked into opening my eyes and BAM the person is right there and now sees I'm awake. Posted Image It turns out it's my no-longer-living grandmother. She crouches down beside the bed and I now have a present in my hand that I guess she somehow put there. So as she is talking, I'm looking at her but holding it against myself while trying to unwrap the present, doing both with my left hand. She tells me my mother died. . ."six minutes ago" Posted Image . . . and then starts saying a bunch of stuff that doesn't make any sense but sounds rather dramatic and Cable Ace Award worthy. Now I wake up from the dream's dream and get out of bed, trying to see the clock. I can't find it because there is another present in a shirt box that is half unwrapped, blocking it. Then I wake up for real, look at the clock and see it's 5:06. You know, I had to check it in case it was true, then I would know what time she died. Posted Image Anyway, not sure what the presents were about, I didn't get the one open but I felt it and it was one of those hinged necklace or bracelet boxes. The other box had a Christmas tree on it. Then my mom called me twice this morning so I figured she was alive. Posted Image


Freaky!!! I had a dream about my dead mum once. She was sitting at the foot of my bed saying something, but it was like something out of a horror movie, where her lips were moving but I couldn't hear what she was saying. Then she morphed into my oldest nephew who just sat there! My immediate thoughts when I bolted awake was, 'God, I hope [insert name here] is Okay?'

Oh crap, I have to go make dinner now.


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:40 PM

Chocolate cannoli=bliss. Like regular cannoli except the pastry is chocolate.
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for all the well wishes for Sammy bird. He's so sick. Threw up again! Ugh! All over the cage. I hate cleaning up that stuff. Anywho, I put him in a small carry cage and then put a heating pad underneath and set it to low. I read on the internet that many other bird owners used this technique with great success. I also read that broccoli and scrambled eggs will help. I'm hitting the grocery store in the morning. Sammy was so hungry this evening before I put him to bed that he ate half a grape. He does NOT like grapes. He ate half a red grape, 1/4 of a Ritz cracker, 2 cheerios, and 1/4 of a carrot. Oh, and about a pencil tip size of a spinach leaf. Strange combo for sure.I have anti-vomit meds I'm supposed to give him in the morning. Then wait an hour. Then feed him. And see what happens.

Going to bed early. Looooooooooooooong day.

PS: I found an old friend on the internet today. We e-mailed each other. It was total JOY. He's doing well - has his own production company, married with kids. Doing just awesome. Great to reconnect with people you lost touch with. He said he's been to San Antonio on business several times - didn't know I was there. We need to stay in touch. Just cuz it's sad to move on and not take those connections with you. *sigh*

BTW: Whoever posted it - I love the pillow fight smiley dude cuz yes, it reminds me of Apoco!! hee hee

@Apoco - hey dude!! Where are you????
@Plaz - hey dude!!! Where are you????

Hi all: Bill, Pauline, Alleeeeeee, Trekkin, EE, Raptor, Elf, Frooty, Tish, TL etc etc etc.... If I list y'all I'll run out of space. But HI. I missed ya! Have some Belgium chocolate covered strawberries. They should be eaten immediately.


why is this so freaky!!!!

First it won't let me make separate paragraphs

now it copies me inside me.

Augh. What's going on with TU????

Edited by Barbara, 15 June 2010 - 09:35 PM.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 09:37 PM

Anywho, I put him in a small carry cage and then put a heating pad underneath and set it to low. I read on the internet that many other bird owners used this technique with great success.


I'm no vet, but I do find that heat helps sick animals quite a lot.

I also read that broccoli and scrambled eggs will help.


Isn't that sorta like cannibalism? :unsure:

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 09:39 PM

Hellooooo Belgium! Chocolate...yummy!

Nooooo...Sammy! Hang in there, pal! Barbara needs you!

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:44 PM

I agree with Barbara....just tried to post and it did not go through.....unless you see THREE identical posts by me after a bit! In a nutshell it said......

Raptor.....Posted Image

A bar with men, chocolate, bacon, cheese and beer Posted Image (not necessarily in that order, though! )

All my TU girlfriends love chocolate.....YESSSSS!

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